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Members of a dive club were rescued after their boat capsized off the coast of Victoria early Sunday Nov. 15th, 2015.
The Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre said it received a call at 1:50pm indicating a boat had capsized at Race Rocks, an ecological reserve popular with divers. All nine members were accounted for at that time and the JRCC said two auxiliary Coast Guard vessels arrived within 30 minutes.
Eight of the nine dive club members were wearing dry suits, according to the JRCC. All were taken to Pedder Bay near Victoria where ambulances and one helicopter were waiting. One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The boat was equipped with a handheld radio, making it possible for the members to quickly call the Coast Guard themselves, according to a JRCC spokesperson. View full story at The Vancouver Sun.
SEATTLE -- Fire investigators are working to determine what caused a three-alarm fire that forced evacuations of floating homes on Lake Union early Monday. No one was injured but one business was destroyed. Firefighters were called to the 2100 block of Westlake Ave. N around 1 a.m. Monday. Crews spent much of the early morning fighting the flames. The fire broke out in an area where dozens of businesses and homes are located very close together. At least five people evacuated their floating homes. Two boats on fire started floating away from their dock but firefighters were able to reach both boats before the fire could spread. Four boats are now underwater. Story from KING 5 NEWS.
Original Post - Oct, 21st 2015: The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) has received a generous donation from John Shelton, a part-time resident of both Friday Harbor, Washington, and Patagonia, Arizona. Shelton donated a 62-foot Nordhavn motor yacht, valued at about $1.6 million, to NWMC in September 2015. Shelton also gave NWMC a 26-foot diesel motor launch/workboat and four dinghies.
Jake Beattie, NWMC executive director, said board member Herb Weissblum met Shelton "through a couple different connections." Beattie said Shelton "was considering many different maritime organizations for his donation, and chose us." He "appreciates our organization, and likes what we're doing with the schools," Beattie said.
The 62-foot yacht is named Undine, evoking a mythical water nymph. Built in 1998, the vessel is built for long-distance ocean voyaging; it carries 2,600 gallons of diesel fuel and has a 3,000-mile range at 9 knots. It's a "quality expedition motor yacht," Beattie said. See full story at ptleader.com
Remarkable effort by fishermen, pleasure boats and coastguards saved many lives after Leviathan II went down almost without warning Fisherman Clarence Smith describes being first at the scene of the whale-watching boat sinking after seeing an emergency flare. View full story at The Guardian.
See video below from CNN:
Oct 9th, 2015 - A 60-foot schooner left unattended while anchored not far outside the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven was dislodged, and blown against the rock breakwater. The boat’s hull, made of Ferrocement, was holed. Vessel Assist was contracted to make emergency repairs to the Phoenix, which had recently emerged from the boat yard here.
While the big boat had been blown loose, a sailboat underway in Admiralty Inlet needed help.
JEFFCOM 911 received notice at about 10:15 a.m. of a sailboat in distress and shooting off flares about one mile north of the Marrowstone Point lighthouse at Fort Flagler State Park, according to Bill Beezley, spokesperson at East Jefferson Fire Rescue.
The approximate 25-foot white sailboat had lost its foresail amid stiff wind and three-foot waves and the two occupants on board feared capsizing, according to EJFR.
The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Port Angeles and East Jefferson Fire Rescue Marine 16 and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Marine 1 also responded.
While the Coast Guard helicopter took up station nearby, Marine 16 made contact with the occupants of the sailboat and secured their vessel until Vessel Assist could respond for a tow.
Once on scene, Vessel Assist took the sailboat with occupants under tow into Port Townsend Bay and the Port Townsend Boat Haven. Source: PTleader.com
A little piece of Italy is staking a claim to Gig Harbor Bay, where Croatian fishing fleets have a storied history.
“Nelly,” an authentic Venetian gondola, made her debut in the Pacific Northwest this month.
The black, 36-foot wooden vessel belongs to John Synco. He launched the boat two weeks ago and has already created a buzz in the maritime city with his rowing and singing.
“It’s this awesome piece of floating art and history,” said Maryanne Philichi, who with her husband, Matt, was among the first people to book a cruise on the gondola. Source: The News Tribune - View Video.
SEATTLE 9.21.2015 - High winds and choppy waves overturned two vessels Sunday on Lake Washington, including a catamaran that trapped a woman underwater and left her unconscious.
Seattle harbor police responded to the 21-foot catamaran on Sunday evening, arriving within a minute after it capsized, said Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.
Harbor officers found the boat still on its side and two men in the water. The men were yelling that a third person was trapped under the boat and had not surfaced.
The officers went to work and about five minutes later, they found a 25-year-old woman underwater beneath the boat. She was unconscious. One officer immediately began CPR as the other radioed for medics to meet them at the dock. The woman then was taken to the hospital for treatment. Her condition was not immediately available. View full story at KOMO News:
Several people had to be rescued after a sailboat burst into flames in Vancouver’s English Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze broke out around 4:30 p.m., forcing the five people on board to flee in a small dinghy.
Multiple people reported the fire to the Coast Guard, but before emergency crews could arrive a group of Good Samaritans on a fishing trip stepped in to offer assistance. Source: CTV News.
The public water-access site on Black Lake in Thurston County will be closed Sept. 14 through Oct. 1 while work crews remove the aging boat launch and replace it with two new concrete ramps.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which owns and maintains the public access site on the southeast corner of the lake, also plans to construct a boarding float, resurface the blacktop, and add parking spaces. A new restroom facility was installed earlier this year. View full story at The Olympian
Jacob Broselle, Tom Broselle, Aiden Peterson, Michael Peterson and Thomas Broselle (pictured left to right) stand on the shore Thursday, Sept. 3, near Ferndale. Tom and his sons Jacob and Thomas rescued Michael, Aiden and other members of the Peterson family after their boat capsized Aug. 28 about 500 yards out from Cherry Point. Photo: Evan Abell The Bellingham Herald
Sept 5th, 2015 - Five people were on a small boat when it flipped more than 500 yards from the Cherry Point shore on Friday, Aug. 28.
Four of them — Kristen Pietig, her brother, 12, daughter, 9, and father — clung to the side of the 13-foot dingy for life. Kristen’s second daughter, Ashley, 6, was stuck underneath the boat, tangled in rope.
Nobody could reach Ashley. Kristen Pietig tried to flip the boat over — unsuccessfully. One of the kids saw Ashley’s hand but couldn’t grab it.
Minutes later, another boat arrived. It wasn’t the Coast Guard or a rescue boat; it was a father and his two sons on their 21-foot boat.
The father dove in the cold water and untangled Ashley. His sons helped the other kids out.
Pietig’s father Michael Peterson, 73, was the last person in the water. He couldn’t hang on any longer and was about to let go when somebody lifted him up and placed him in the boat.
Safely out of the water, Peterson told his rescuer, “You are a hero. You just saved my whole family.” See full story at The Bellingham Herald.
SEATTLE — 9.4.2015: A Renton man convicted in a boat crash that killed a Seattle teacher was sentenced Friday afternoon. Richard Hick received 2.5 years for boating drunk, which was half of what prosecutors wanted.
A tragic scene developed just after Seafair ended Sunday night. Seattle Harbor Patrol, USCG and other rescue vessels respond to a drowning on Lake Washington in Andrews Bay. After 2 diving attempts over a hour of searching, rescue divers recovered the body of a 32 year old man in about 45 feet of water.
Witnesses said the man fell off a 20-foot pleasure craft about 150 feet offshore. The man kept popping up to the surface and going under. Witnesses tried to intervene, but they were unable to help the man as he went under for the last time. The man was not wearing a life jacket and some witnesses claimed they heard the man did not know how to swim.
A large response team gathered at Lakewood Marina on Lake Washington boulevard to assist the marine response.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff Wildes from Station Seattle worked with local responders to stabilize and prepare an injured woman for transport on Lake Washington, Seattle, Aug. 2, 2015. A Seattle Police patrol boat along with Seattle Fire Dept. personnel safely transported the woman to Leschi and EMS personnel on shore.
The 19-year-old woman sustained a severe leg injury after falling off a boat and was reportedly struck on her leg by a boat propeller. The vessel involved was towed in the Leschi marina as well. Source: USCG News Room
July 2015 | SEATTLE - Motorists driving through Seattle's University District were doing plenty of double-takes overnight after someone ditched or lost a boat in the middle of the street.
The boat, complete with outboard motor, landed in the busy intersection of NE 45th Street and Montlake Boulevard.
It was an odd scene until a tow truck showed up to haul the landlocked boat away. Source: KOMO News
Sun and sails glistened on the waters of Penn Cove and Saratoga Passage as Whidbey Island Race Week 2015 wrapped up its 33rd regatta Friday, July 24.
More than 100 boats competed this summer.
Sixty-eight big boats battled in two divisions and nine classes through 11 races June 20-24.
Dinghy races were held for the first time, and 38, split over two divisions and five classes, participated in three races July 18 and 19. View full story with race results at Whidby News-Times.
KINGSTON, Wash. — Two people were rescued Monday near Kingston after their small boat overturned.
A rescue boat was lowered by the Washington State Ferry Walla Walla crew to help one of the people in the people in the water. Then another small boat came to help shortly after 11:15 a.m.
They were taken to the Port of Kingston Marina where medics evaluated the men, age 58 and 37. They were cold, but not seriously hurt. Source: KIRO TV
Sometimes, fires can start even surrounded by water. At 4:33 p.m. Monday, July 27, U.S. Coast Guard and East Jefferson Fire Rescue vessels responded to a distress call of a fire in the walls of a 32-foot boat (left) headed from the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward Port Townsend.
The emergency vessels were able to intercept the boat just north of Point Wilson and safely extinguish the fire by 5:19 p.m. Six people were aboard, two adults and four children. The boat was towed to port by Vessel Assist. Source: PT leader | Photo by Jonathan Glover
As of July 16th, 2015: This area is open Thursdays through Mondays each week through September 28th 2015. Crabbing will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Click here for details at WDFW.
SEATTLE – July 2015 – Seattle’s 37th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show gets underway Wednesday Sept. 16th at 11am and continues through Sunday 20th, 2015. From ski boats to sailboats, trawlers to super yachts and everything in between, Boats Afloat has it all. It brings you all the best of boating in one place on beautiful South Lake Union, in sunny September. The show is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm weekdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm weekends.
At the show you’ll find there’s a boat for every budget, activity and lifestyle. More than 50 distinct brands of yachts, brokers, and dealers from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida and British Columbia, Canada will display their boats. More than four dozen shore side exhibitors with professional services from marine finance and insurance to electronics, marinas, shipping, yacht linens and yacht maintenance will also exhibit at the show. And if that weren’t enough to entice you, there are tons of fun attractions for the entire family. View full press release here.
Current Seafair Board Chair to Serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer; Knox to Depart at the End of August
Seafair Board Executive Team Applauds Knox’s Leadership; Has Begun National Search for Replacement
SEATTLE – Seafair, Seattle’s award-winning premier summer festival, today announced that President and CEO Beth Knox will end her 10-year tenure with the organization following this year’s festival. Knox will step down effective Aug. 31.
The nonprofit organization’s board Executive Committee has begun a national search for her replacement. In the meantime, Seafair Festival Board Chair David Willis has been appointed to the interim role of chief operating officer, to ensure continuity through the transition. To do so, he has resigned from the volunteer board. View full press release here.
Beth came under fire last year when she denied Fallen Soldiers group to march in last year's Torchlight Parade and was pressured to reverse course. No word if this was the catalyst of the cause but it will be interesting how this years events play out as most of the current staff is fairly new to Seafair.